De Montfort University

Performing Arts De Montfort University Degree level: Undergraduate


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Performing Arts at DMU is a highly practical, distinctive course that immerses you in cutting-edge, interdisciplinary practice, preparing you to enter the 21st century Performing Arts industry. Incorporating many contemporary arts disciplines, including acting, dance, voice, physical theatre, music theatre, sound design and digital video, the course celebrates and interrogates the possibilities of live and digital arts in a range of performance contexts, from the traditional to the avant-garde. With a focus on making performance, you are supported to develop as individual, innovative artists, able to create, perform and manage yourselves, and others, within the national and international performing arts industries.

Versatile approach
with a focus on making performance for a range of situations, including physical theatre, dramatic performance, digital sound and film, site specific, and contemporary music theatre
International opportunity
through #DMUglobal where you will have the opportunity for a meaningful international experience, with a chance to spend a week abroad as artists-in-residence creating performance work
Excellent industry links
give the opportunity to do placements and work in professional work in professional collaborations with expert practitioners; previous visiting arts groups include Frantic Assembly and Imitating the Dog
Your own specialist programme
constructed from a wide range of modules across three broad themes: Contemporary Performance; Digital Performance; Applied Arts and Education
Mirror the Performing Arts industry
with the opportunity to work in an intensive project-based way
Superb facilities
include spacious studios and fully equipped performance spaces, and the opportunity to make and perform work in venues across Leicester and internationally

Course details


First year
• Project 1 - Dramatic Performance
• Project 2 - Post Dramatic Performance
• Project 3 - Contemporary Music Theatre
• Project 4 - Physical Theatre

Second year
• Project 5 - Performing Mixed Reality
• Project 6 - Site
• Project 7 - Score Marking
• Project 8 - Deconstructing Disney
• Perspectives on Performance and Digital Arts
• Applied Performance
• Teaching and Leading Dance 1
• Promoting Dance
• Devising
• The Healthy Practitioner
• Creative Enterprise 1
• Technical Stage Production

Third year
Students choose from a range of modules offered from the list below. This enables students, in their final year, to specialise. Modules offered may include:
• Performance Company
• International Performance Project
• Performance Research Project 1
• Performance Research Proejct 2
• Education and the Performing Arts
• Teaching and Leading Dance 2
• Live Art
• Music, Media and Community Arts
• Music Industry Management
• Media Industry Management
• Creative Media and Performance 1
• Creative Media and Performance 2
• Placement 1
• Creative Enterprise 2
• Contemporary Screen Dance: Concept to Production

Assessment method

You will be taught through a combination of lectures, tutorials, seminars, group work and self-directed study. Assessment is through coursework (presentations, essays and reports) Your precise timetable will depend on the optional modules you choose to take, however, in your first year you will normally attend around 13 hours of timetabled taught sessions (lectures and tutorials) each week, and we expect you to undertake at least 25 further hours of independent study to complete project work and research.

How to apply

Application deadlines

If your application is completed by the following date, it’s guaranteed to be considered:

15 January

*If you apply after this deadline, universities or colleges don’t have to consider your application if they’ve filled their spaces, so the sooner you apply, the better!

Application codes

You will need these codes when you add a choice to your application.

Course code WW45
Institution code D26
Campus name Leicester Campus
Campus code Y

This course may be available at alternative locations, please check if other course options are available

Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

Qualification Offer Further information
UCAS Tariff 112 points - From at least 2 A Levels
- Five GCSEs A*-C (9-4) including English Language or Literature
Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma (first teaching from September 2016) DMM
International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme 26 points

Additional entry requirements



Fees and funding

Tuition fees

EU £9,250 Year 1
International £13,250 Year 1
England £9,250 Year 1
Northern Ireland £9,250 Year 1
Scotland £9,250 Year 1
Wales £9,250 Year 1

Additional fee information

Please note that fees for subsequent years of study for continuing students are subject to an annual review. Any increase in fee will be in line with RPI-X (linked to the retail price index) and the fee cap set by the Government.

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Arts, Design and Humanities Admissions Team

0116 257 7555

Admissions Division

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